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How to be a curiosity in Cairo

First, find a nice green spot to park yourselves in. Easier said than done. What you will find is either the landscaped middle of a roundabout or perhaps a triangle of well-tended lawn bounded by three streets, which is where we settled.

Second, install a slack line between a couple of trees and have your man practice his equilibrial skills in plain sight of passing motorists.

Third, have a small, blond child running joyously about, climbing trees, and taking turns at pretending to be all the varied animals in her mental menagerie.

Fourth, have a pregnant blond lady sitting on a blanket in the grass, crocheting a baby afghan.

Sensation assured.

J gives it three days tops before someone comes up to him and says, "Hey, I saw you the other day..." :P


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ETA: Using roundabouts and even filthy, vacant lots as gathering places is not uncommon in Egypt...for Egyptians.  Expats are not prone to doing it, however.

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xjenavivex
Oct. 11th, 2013 07:57 pm (UTC)
very cool
mnfaure
Oct. 12th, 2013 06:51 pm (UTC)
Not so cool was the feeling of breathing in all that car exhaust. *sigh*
frigg
Oct. 11th, 2013 08:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, I know you're weird, after all while you were here, you skewered killer slugs, and laughed slightly hysterically while you held up the fork with your victims. ;)

So how does this line-thing work? I'm having a hard time picturing it.
mnfaure
Oct. 12th, 2013 06:53 pm (UTC)
Weird? Who said anything about weird? :P

Slacklining: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e0/Cambridgeslackerssaf40.jpg
frigg
Oct. 12th, 2013 06:56 pm (UTC)
Ahaaaa... thanks. :)
asakiyume
Oct. 11th, 2013 10:59 pm (UTC)
If ever we do meet in real life, I'm going to beg J to tutor me in tightrope walking <3

I can just see the picture you guys made. Excellent.
mnfaure
Oct. 12th, 2013 06:54 pm (UTC)
He is but a novice himself, but he is making vast progress. If I weren't pregnant, I'd be trying it, too.
aeriedraconia
Oct. 12th, 2013 05:30 am (UTC)
:D I'll bet you guys did stand out a bit. I can totally picture the whole scene!

My ex-husband and I with our neighbours at the time carried a picnic table, BBQ and all the fixin's to the middle of the roundabout in front of our houses one evening and enjoyed a marvelous BBQ picnic. Four adults and one cute six year old boy. We collected quite a lot of lookie loos. It was great fun.
mnfaure
Oct. 12th, 2013 08:15 am (UTC)
That sounds like a fun picnic...as long as you don't have as much pollution as we have in Cairo. :P And yeah, I'll bet you got many a lookie loo. :P
aeriedraconia
Oct. 12th, 2013 05:49 pm (UTC)
We were living in rural England so no big pollution problems there, thankfully. It was a great big grassy roundabout with a light and slow traffic flow going around. Usually, the lookie loos were glancing at our living room windows as they drove by. That wasn't as fun. :-)

You have my sympathy for the the nasty pollution problem you've got int Cairo. I remember the horrible pollution in Athens, Greece. After spending the day in the city you'd come home at night and you could feel the sticky pollution residue on your jeans as you ran you hands down your thighs. Ick. Thankfully, I wasn't stationed in Athens but out in the Greek dingleberries where the air was clean.
mnfaure
Oct. 12th, 2013 06:55 pm (UTC)
Pollution sucks. i wanted to have brekkie on the balcony this morning, but the air was clogged with the stench and fumes of burning rubbish. :-
khiemtran
Oct. 12th, 2013 11:07 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you're finally starting to fit in...
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